Bills add key piece to “D” in draft

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“Critical piece.”

That’s how Sean McDermott described adding a defensive tackle who can pressure the quarterback.

“I believe in that philosophically,” the Bills head coach said following their selection of Ed Oliver. “A little bit more of a challenge offensively, systematically to take away an inside rusher that can penetrate and what not. He did it in college, he’s got to do it at our level.”

McDermott will ask the 9th overall selection to adjust his style of play slightly when he gets to Buffalo.

“He was more lateral, I would say, to be simple about it, in college. Here we play a penetrating, attack-style defense, playing really on the other side of the line of scrimmage as opposed to staying along the line of scrimmage or moving latterly.”

McDermott may know exactly how to get the most out of Oliver. The final two seasons he was the defensive coordinator in Carolina(2015-16), defensive tackle Kawaan Short had two of the best seasons of his career. Short, playing next to current Bills defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, had 17 sacks, 110 tackles, and 4 forced fumbles over those two years.

“No different in where we came from and how we built that defense and the way we’re building our defense now.”

The three-time All-American racked up 13.5 sacks, 54 tackles for loss, and forced 6 fumbles at the University of Houston. It sounds like a match made in heaven for the Bills defense.

“The thing about Ed that stands out first and foremost is how quick he is at the line of scrimmage,” McDermott said. “They stunted him a lot at Houston. We’re excited to see him in our system and integrate him into what we do and integrate him into the guys we already have in that room.”

General Manager Brandon Beane said the Bills didn’t have any glaring holes entering the draft. However, it was clear they needed to address the hole left behind by Kyle Williams.

“You guys know we lost Kyle [Williams], and we were not able to answer that in free agency. I think this fell pretty good for us,” Beane continued. “You can never have enough pass rushers. We did know this was a hole. Three techs that are pass rushers rarely get to free agency. A lot of times you have to fill that in the draft.”

McDermott was quick to point out that the Bills first round draft pick will play the same position at Kyle Williams but he is not Kyle Williams. “I’ll say this, no one is ever going to replace Kyle Williams, I just wanted to manage expectations, number one, with that. Ed Oliver is going to come in and, number one, earn everything that he gets.”

The draft continues on Friday. The Bills own the 8th pick in the 2nd round and 10th pick in the 3rd round.

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